When The Wapshot Chronicle was published in 1957, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist. Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses' adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the tradition of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.
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In 1957, when The WAPSHOT CHRONICLE was published, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLE, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist. Seven years later, THE WAPSHOT SCANDAL confirmed his standing.
Together, these novels present the complete story of the Wapshot inheritance, from the early 20th century to the 1960s and from a small Massachusetts village to New York and Europe.
"THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLE has been a beautifully rewarding experience for me...it is a compelling book. Character after character is perfectly rendered with warmth and detachment. Episode after episode is a model of narrative virtuosity." --Robert Penn WarrenFrom the Publisher:
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60916184
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